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Best Roof Rack for 2020 Ram 1500 Crew Cab for Carrying Two Kayaks

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Hey guys, I am looking to get a roof rack system for my 2020 Ram crew cab. I am looking to use this to carry two kayaks which weigh about 160 lbs combined total. I would like to use a bed rack but my tonneau cover will not allow for it. I see you offer several roof racks that will accommodate my needs. However, I not sure which one would work best. Is there a certain setup or brand you offer that you can recommend for my setup? Thanks!

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There is one roof rack that is the best for your 2020 Ram 1500 Crew Cab for carrying a pair of kayaks, and it is from Yakima. The reason the Yakima is the best is not only because of their quality and the way they minimize noise, but because this is the only rack that allows you to use 70 inch crossbars.

Maximizing your crossbar space is really important for a lot of cargo, but particularly kayaks because they are so large. It means you'll have plenty of room for a pair and the large crossbars also make them easier to load. The Yakima roof rack that fits your 2020 Ram 1500 Crew Cab consists of the following:

- Yakima JetStream Crossbars - Silver # Y00430 or Black # Y00427
- BaseLine Towers for Yakima Crossbars # Y00146
- BaseClip Fit Kit for Yakima BaseLine Roof Rack Towers # Y06135
- Same Key System Lock Cores (Optional) # Y07204

Then to carry a pair of heavy kayaks the perfect option is a pair of the etrailer J-Style Kayak Carrier # e98878.

This carrier has a 150 lb capacity which is far greater than most J-style carriers, is padded to keep your kayaks protected, and comes with tie-down straps to save you additional purchases.

I have added links to reviews of the carrier and rack for you to check out as well.

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